Mars Conquest: The New IE School of International Relations Game

@Edgardo Schiena

The Bachelor in International Relations prepares you with the necessary skills to become a global citizen and learn the fine art of negotiation.

International relations are all about creating a balance between leadership and security. It’s all about engaging in difficult economic, political and social dynamics that go beyond borders and cultures to solve global issues.

The Bachelor in International Relations prepares you with the necessary skills to become a global citizen and learn the fine art of negotiation. Despite peaceful negotiations should be the common goal, it´s not always effective. Sometimes it could happen that it can raise tensions and make it more complicated to reach a satisfactory agreement.

The race for the conquest of Mars has been an increasing challenge amongst the biggest world superpowers. The conquest of space has been a reason for competition since the first man in the moon. Now the question is who will be the first country to land on Mars? Will there be any agreement between any superpowers to work together and share the glory? This is a clear example of finding a solution through negotiation.

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Mars conquest is the game created by The IE School of International Relations in order to give you a taste of of what is takes to be a negotiator. The main objective of the game is to colonize Mars, but in order to do that you need the right amount of power and technology. You will have the possibility to decide to play as Russia, USA, Iran, Brazil, India, Japan, Pakistan, China and Europe as a continent. Each of these countries or United Nations has a space program, but some are more powerful than others. During the game you will have to make decisions about sharing your technology, or in case you don´t have the technology yet to steal it from your competitor, spy on them, or create a bilateral agreement with another country. You can also decide to isolate yourself from other countries and the UN and conquer Mars for yourself. Every action has a consequence which could strengthen the relationship with other countries and institutions or avoid any kind of collaboration and break international agreements such as the Outer Space Treaty.

At the end, the game will determine if you are a pacifist, ready to carry out negotiations in a peaceful way and achieve peace, a strategist ready to undergo complicated and risky negotiations or a daredevil, ready to achieve success by making daring moves to maximize your gains, without fear of conflict.

This is just an approach that demonstrates in which way the IE School of International Relations focuses in transmitting the importance of learning the ability of negotiation and the importance of keeping up to new technology trends. Try out the game by clicking in the link: https://marsconquest.ie.edu.